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The Killer (Criterion Collection) (1989)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection releases (DVD and laserdisc), which are now out-of-print. Different commentary tracks are available on the Fox Lorber/Winstar DVD of "The Killer", as well as the Honk Kong Legends region 2 version.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/director John Woo and production executive Terrence Chang Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
This was recorded back in 1992, before John Woo made his first American film. Right even before the two-minute mark, some things between this DVD and the Fox Lorber DVD commentary are repeated. He gives ample amounts of praise to Martin Scorsese, and his other major influences (French flicks from the 1960s, mostly). Not to disappoint anybody, he does say his stunt guys suffer. Very important. He talks a lot about his intentions and explains the meaning of scenes. He also talks about how the actors get their characters, about what kind of direction he gives to his actors. The shootout at Mr. Chow’s house took 4 weeks to shoot, which is insane. Mr. Chang talks about the actors and the director and some of the technical aspects of the movie, such as his job and what he did for the production. He says the budget for ‘The Killer’ was $2 million, and the shoot was 92 days long. A lot of this is either on the Fox Lorber commentary, or the Hong Kong Legends commentary. If you can find a copy of this DVD, it’s worth hearing, for sure, but, having heard two other commentaries about this movie before, I didn’t get as much out of it. I still prefer the Fox Lorber track, though.